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Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 2) Hardcover – June 23, 2009

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Editorial Reviews

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Golden, an author new to the multiple Star Wars series, is likely familiar to readers from her long tenure as a Star Trek author. As the second in the projected nine book series, Omen is slower paced than the first volume, Outcast (2009), and more devoted to developing the series arc. Han and Leia are at home on Coruscant, as more Jedi go crazy, government pressure on the Jedi increases, and the media swarm the Temple. Ben and Luke continue their quest to uncover Jacen’s secrets as each of the crazed Jedi was in contact with him and is exhibiting powers previously only displayed by Jacen. They travel deep into the Rift to encounter a mysterious group of beings with a strange relationship with the Force, using it to power their ships and see the future. A new complication is introduced with a secret lost planet full of Sith (who have recently regained space travel), and Jacen’s trail appears to be leading Luke and Ben into their midst. Series fans will enjoy this entry and the continued exploration of the huge and mysterious Star Wars galaxy. Demand makes this an essential purchase for all science-fiction collections. --Jessica Moyer

About the Author

Christie Golden is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, and the Warcraft novel Lord of the Clans.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345509129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509123
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists. She is the author of several original fantasy novels, including On Fire's Wings, In Stone's Clasp, and Under Sea's Shadow, the first three in her multi-book fantasy series The Final Dance from LUNA Books.Among Golden's other projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and the well-received StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy, Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and the forthcoming Twilight. An avid player of Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft, Golden has written several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde) with three more in the works. She has also written two Warcraft manga stories for Tokyopop, I Got What Yule Need and A Warrior Made. Golden lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats.

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I mostly liked this book. It had a lot of interesting character moments, some decent action, and some interesting plot points.

That said, I have a few problems with this title, but only one of them can be placed at the feet of the author, Ms. Golden. I like her writing, she is great at characters (See Star Trek: Voyager Homecoming). Here is my one problem with Golden's writing. Several times during this book, Jedi ignite their lightsabers to cut through a door or wall. They've done this in the past, and they'll do it in the future. My problem is that each time, Golden goes on for several paragraphs about how difficult it actually is to cut through a wall with a lightsaber. Look, its a valid point, and something the other authors have ignored, but I got it after the first time. WE GET IT! ITS HARD TO CUT THROUGH A DOOR WITH A LIGHTSABER!

And I also would have liked to see some mention of the droids, and some of the other peripherial characters, but since other books do this to the expense of the big 3 (Han, Luke, Leia), its a minor complaint.

My other complaints with the title are more related to how it fits into the overall series and I believe these issues are the fault of the editors giving Golden strict guidelines.

-I love the father-son moments with Luke and Ben. Love them. I love the Father-Daughter moments with Han and Jaina. All of these scenes were great, but there were a lot of them. My problem here is that if you look at the first book in the series (Exile), you see almost none of it. This book felt very heavy on such moments, and light on important events. The editors need to encourage the writer's to balance this out more, to include a better balance in future books.
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Format: Hardcover
Is LucasFilm Ltd. so hard up for money that it justifies charging $27 for a book that is essentially a repeat storyline of Allston's Outcast, and a short one-- fewer than 300 pages-- at that?

Two Jedi go insane, wreck havoc, are captured ; Luke and Ben go to the next stop on Darth Putz's scavenger hunt and learn... not much, just that there's another mystical destination ahead! Vestara was a mildly interesting new character, but the parts devoted to her especially read like a YA book. I have nothing against YA books, many of them are better written and more compelling than a lot of dreck aimed at the adult market. However, Omen was not one of these.

The most ridiculous element in the book was the subterfuge employed in order for Jag and Jaina to... go on a date. Honestly, I kept thinking there was going to be more to it, that all the fuss and bother and resources were going to lead to a covert mission. But no; it was just a silly, junior-high-esque caper so they could presumably hook up privately. It was so reminescent of a fanfic written by a squealing tween fangirl I expected to see in print "Jag & Jaina sneak off for a date!!! Chaos ensues!!!"

Save your money on this one and borrow it from your local library or spend an afternoon in a bookstore cafe reading it; it won't take that long. Sadly it seems to be an on-going trend with the franchise that the books' promise does not live up to the execution.

Oh, and Ben saying "Lubed" will never not be unintentionally hilarious.
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About halfway through this book, I was seized by an unpleasant feeling of déjà vu. The reason? Omen, the second instalment in the Fate of the Jedi series, has virtually the same plot as the first book, Outcast.

In both books, young Jedi fall victim to a mysterious psychosis. In both book, the Jedi scramble desperately to protect their own while trying to find a cure. In both books, the government and the media cast the Jedi Order in a bad light. In both books, Luke Skywalker and his son Ben seek out reclusive Force users. And finally, in both books, Han and Leia are sent on silly field trips.

Now, I love Star Wars books, but reading this one made me wish I'd spent my money on something else. All of which brings me to another sticking point: the price. $27 is a lot to charge for a story that runs only 236 pages - especially when that story is as thin as a runway model.

Oh sure, there is some good stuff here. The Aing-Tii are an interesting species with a unique view of the Force. Unfortunately, they aren't well developed. The Sith culture on Kesh is even more intriguing - undoubtedly the strongest part of the book - but it is painted in broad strokes. An attractive and pleasing picture, to be sure, but lacking the detail Star Wars fans crave.

One subplot, however, was extremely well developed: The Solos' family outing. Yes, a good portion of this book is devoted to detailing Han and Leia's trip to a livestock show where they hope to procure a pet for their granddaughter. Not exactly riveting stuff.

There's no getting around it: Omen was a huge disappointment and I sincerely hope it is not a portent of things to come. The book's sole saving grace is the cliff-hanger ending. Abrupt and unexpected, it ensures I will pick up the next book in the series.
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